Created:Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:42 p.m.CDT

NIU women's basketball: Lehman's big night keeps Huskies in tie for first place


Earlier in the week, Northern Illinois senior Ally Lehman made school history.

On Wednesday, she kept the Huskies in a tie for first place.

Lehman was an offensive force and the Huskies held on for a thrilling 63-61 win at Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday.

The senior guard was named the Mid-American Conference West Player of the Week for the fourth time this season earlier in the week, becoming the first player in school history to achieve that feat. Against the RedHawks on Wednesday, she finished with 33 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies, who improved to 18-6 overall and 11-2 in the MAC West. It tied the most conference wins in a season for the Huskies as a member of the MAC.

Central Michigan also won on Wednesday to improve to 11-2 in conference play.

Lehman was the only player to score in double figures for the Huskies, although Kelly Smith (eight points, 12 rebounds) and Cassidy Glenn (nine points, 10 rebounds) both flirted with double-doubles on the night. It was the first time this season that the Huskies only had one player score 10 or more points.

The RedHawks (9-17 overall, 3-10 in MAC East) took the lead twice in the final two minutes, including a 3-pointer by Lauren Dickerson to put them ahead, 59-58, with 1:40 left in the game. However, Smith answered with a putback layup to push the Huskies ahead.

When Dickerson answered with a layup to put the RedHawks ahead, 61-60, with exactly a minute remaining, Lehman made a pair of free throws – and added another point from the foul line – to give the Huskies the lead for good.

Miami's Kendall McCoy missed a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining to allow the Huskies to hold on for the win.

Northern Illinois has won all six road games in conference play.

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